What would you say the single, most outstanding thing about you is? What’s your most important, iconic quality? Everybody has something — that one thing that you excel at; the one thing that defines you. For some people, their most important characteristic is their kindness, their intellect, their athletic talent, their business acumen or even their hair.
Honestly, that can be a tough question to answer yourself.
Here’s one that seems even tougher?
What would you say the single, most outstanding thing about God is? What’s His most important, iconic quality? What’s that one thing that He excels out that defines Him? Is it His power? Is it His holiness? Is it His omniscience or His omnipotence?
Or is that question even answerable? I mean, God excels at everything, so this seems like one of those questions like “What is the color of a mirror?” or “If you try to fail and succeed then which have you done?” One of those lame questions that you use as an ice breaker at Growth Group.
Thankfully, someone already asked this question a long time ago and God actually answered it Himself. You can see it in Exodus 33:18 when Moses asks God to show him His glory.
Moses said, “Please. Let me see your Glory.”
The world “glory” is an interesting word because it literally can be translated as “heavy weight” or “importance.” It refers to the biggest, heaviest, grandest thing about someone. It’s the sum total of their worth. So, what Moses was really asking was, “Please, let me see the weightiest, grandest, most important thing about You.”
And what did God say? He says that He will show him His mercy and goodness. In fact, Chapter 34:6-7 tells us that God actually accounted the meaning of His Name by saying:
“God. God passed in front of him and called out, “God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient—so much love, so deeply true—loyal in love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin.”
Just think about that! When Moses asked God to show him the most important thing about Himself, God showed him His mercy.
This brings us full circle to what our most outstanding quality may be? Despite what it actually is, if we are to me imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1) and followers of Jesus, it should be mercy. Mercy, goodness, forgiveness and compassion must be hallmarks of our lives — above all else.
Because when people see mercy in us, they’ll see the glory in Him.